New York @ Night

NEW YORK @ NIGHT

Monty Alexander: Looking Back

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Monty AlexanderJazz Standard jny: New York, NYFebruary 1, 2017 A lot has changed since I started covering the New York beat for All About Jazz in mid-2016. In that time, we have witnessed epic changes in our city, our country, our world--changes that are already affecting our culture, including and perhaps especially jazz and, in the broader context, African-American life. How can music journalists remain unaffected? Since the presidential election in November, rather than ...

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Steve Reich Celebration: Repercussion

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Steve Reich Celebration: Repercussion National Sawdust Brooklyn, NY December 10, 2016 As part of the many celebrations of composer Steve Reich's 80th birthday throughout 2016, the World Music Institute and National Sawdust co-presented a program in December that brought the Ghanaian master, Gideon Alorwoyie, together with the critically-acclaimed Mantra Percussion Ensemble for sixty minutes of riveting music and dance. The back story on this landmark performance begins in the summer ...

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Les Brers at Brooklyn Bowl

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Les Brers Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn, NY October 12, 2016 Despite multiple breakups and long hiatuses, the Allman Brothers Band survived successfully for as long as it did by adding fresh, complementary talent that reinvigorated the original members, and through the players' fierce, collective focus on exploring and expanding the sturdy blues-rock-jazz fusion created by founder Duane Allman and his guitar protégé Dickie Betts almost five decades ago. Now, in the wake of ...

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Benny Golson at Jazz Standard

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Benny Golson Quartet Jazz Standard New York, NY October 21, 2016 By now it's well established that you don't go to see the octogenarian Benny Golson expecting to be blown away by a titan of the tenor sax--a fact he's only too happy to confess to his audience at a packed Jazz Standard in October. Sure, Golson can still handle his sax just fine but his real mastery is--and has always been--making ...

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BRIC JazzFest 2016

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BRIC JazzFest BRIC House Brooklyn, NY October 8-15, 2016 After a successful debut in 2015, the BRIC JazzFest returned to the BRIC House in downtown Brooklyn, New York, this year with two nights of jazz-related films and a music “marathon" of twenty-seven acts spread evenly over three nights. The biggest names included David Murray and his Infinity Quartet; alto saxophonist Terrace Martin; eclectic guitarist Marc Ribot with the bassist Henry Grimes; Eddie ...

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Bill Frisell's "Guitar in the Space Age" at the Blue Note

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Bill FrisellBlue Note New York, NY October 4, 2016 It's one month before what is shaping up to be an epochal presidential election; the national mood is tense, nerves are fraying, anxiety is high. And just in the nick of time, here comes guitarist Bill Frisell to save our sanity! He's presenting the Blue Note (NYC) audiences with a week of coolly poignant interpretations of some of his favorite vintage pop tunes, most of which ...

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Eric Reed Quartet, Henry Grimes and George Coleman Quartet

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Eric Reed Quartet SMOKE Jazz & Supper Club New York, NY October 2, 2016 The gifted pianist and composer Eric Reed plays at times with a lightning-quick, cat-like touch, at others with slow, deep resonance, lush and lyrical. He can change from one to the other in the nanosecond it takes his brain to command his deft fingers; the sounds that pour out of the big black Steinway piano are joyous, sad, ...

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Allan Harris at SMOKE Jazz & Supper Club

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Allan Harris SMOKE Jazz & Supper Club New York, NY September 28, 2016 Allan Harris was born in Brooklyn to a tight-knit family that loved music. His mother was a classical piano prodigy who grew up in Harlem and graduated in the first class of the High School Of Performing Arts, along with her friend, Arthur Mitchell, the noted dancer, choreographer and co-founder of the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Allan grew up hearing a wide ...

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The Cookers, Mingus Big Band and Cyrus Chestnut

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The Cookers Birdland New York, NY September 15, 2016 The Cookers are an all-star septet that takes its name from the classic Freddie Hubbard album, The Night Of The Cookers, a 1965 live effort from the master trumpeter who passed in 2008. A somewhat fluid lineup earlier in the group's seven year existence has solidified with trumpeters David Weiss and Eddie Henderson out front with Billy Harper on tenor and Donald Harrison ...


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